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Halifax to Lunenburg Maritime Immigration - June 1753

Arriving on June 8th & 17th, 1753.  

Approximately 1453 passengers & 158 armed troops on board.
Now it is my opinion that these Sloops would average about 60' x 24' and the Schooners about 65' x 16' and each would be capable of transporting from 40 to 60 persons and the voyage from Halifax to Lunenburg that took approximately 12 hours (with a fair wind).  It is also my opinion that these ships were mostly from the Eastern Seaboard and principally Massachusetts and Virginia.

Just About Me - Captain Leo Parks Corkum

Langille Shipbuilders: Built at Mahone Bay

History of the County of Lunenburg, 2nd Edition 1895, p. 475-476

Brief History of the Langille Shipbuilders

John Peter Langille (I62), who plied the trade of blacksmithing near Lunenburg, had seven sons, five of whom--Titus, Calvin, Aaron, Stephen, and Enoch--became shipbuilders.

  • Titus Langille was born on January 22nd 1832 and died December 7th 1892. He carried on his business at Mahone Bay and built in this county 3 barques, 7 brigantines, 56 schooners, and 2 steamships -- the Lunenburg, plying between Lunenburg and Halifax; and the Ralph E.S. owned at Sambro. The Lunenburg is 124 feet long breadth 25 feet 5 inches, depth 12 feet 5 inches, gross tonnage 265, net 113. She is a fast traveller. Among other vessels Mr. Langille built are the barque Busy, brigantines Mirella, Express, Tenser, schooners Friend, Flash, Active, Zephyr, Arrow, Brisk, Two Brothers, yacht Squirrel, barquentine Elizabeth. He also built four schooners in other counties.
  • Calvin Langille who recently resided at Bridgewater built in this county 1 barque and moulded laid down and helped to build two others 3 barquentines 1 brig 8 brigantines 31 schooners He also built 2 brigantines and helped in the building of 20 other vessels outside of the county.
  • Stephen Langille, living at North West, built at Lunenburg, 1 brigantine and at Mahone Bay and other places in the county, 18 schooners 4 of which were built on Herman's Island.
  • Aaron Langille built as mentioned under Vessels Built at Petite Riviere, 1 brigantine and 30 schooners.
  • Enoch Langille, now living at Conquerall Bank, built the following number of schooners between the years 1856 and 1876: At Vogler's Cove, 5: West Dublin, 5: Broad Cove, 3: Petite Riviere, 2: Parks Bay, 1: Dublin Shore, 1: Getson's Cove, 1: Herman's Island, 1 or 19 in all; and outside of the county 2--a total of 21. Mr Langille was engaged previous to 1856 in the building of many vessels, but not as master builder.

Source: History of the County of Lunenburg,  2nd Edition 1895, By M. Des Brisay Pages: 475-476

Russell Langille - Former Dory Champs Parade Marshalls

A History and Genealogy of the South Shore Langilles of Nova Scotia

Oakland, N.S.: - The Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition parade will have two outstanding Lunenburg County men as parade marshals.  Russell Langille (I4177) of Oakland and Lloyd Heisler of Rouse Island.  Former dory rowing champions Lloyd Heisler and Russell Langille have been teammates since 1934.  When they first started dory racing Mr. Heisler was in the stern and Mr. Langille in the middle, but they soon realized the dory was not trimmed tight as she was down too far in the stern because Mr. Heisler being heavier than Mr. Langille.  The two men changed places in the dory and success soon followed.  They raced in 27 races together and were never defeated.

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Charles Russell Langille International Dory Racing

A History and Genealogy of the South Shore Langilles of Nova Scotia By, Stewart C. Langille

Charles Russell Langille of Oakland, N.S. and Lloyd Heisler of Rouse Island, N.S. are undefeated International Dory Racing CHAMPIONS. Russell was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports "Hall of Fame" in October 1982.